A Crock Pot is a College Student’s Best Friend

Try making a Crock Pot recipe. The ingredient list may be a tad longer than water, spice packet, and noodles, but it is just as easy to make—and much healthy. Making something in the Crock Pot also ensures that you’ll have leftovers, which is something that we college students really start to value once we move into our first apartments. No more dining hall means eating out all the time or cooking your own meals, and eating out gets expensive. But we also don’t often have the time to make a full meal every single night. Sure, you could make a big batch of something without a Crock Pot, like a casserole, but the beauty of the slow cooker is that you can just toss in all the ingredients in the morning and when you come home from class you have a fully-cooked meal. Seriously.
I am a morning person and so tend to schedule classes and meetings for the morning which limits the amount of time I have for breakfast. I don’t want to have cereal every morning though. It’s nice sometimes to have a hot meal for breakfast. Enter the Crock Pot. I love to make oats with apples—a big batch will last me all week and only has to be microwaved, and the cooking time is usually around seven hours. That means if I add all the ingredients to the pot before I go to bed, I will wake up to fresh and cut oats. The only effort I have to put in is peeling and cutting up the apples, which takes maybe five minutes before I go to bed.
Making lunch or dinner is just as easy—you can make soup, a casserole, actual meat (not ground beef), and even pasta. My favorite is pulled pork or chicken. It is so juicy after soaking in barbeque sauce for hours and I don’t have to worry about under or overcooking it. Plus, making something like pulled pork allows you to have a wide variety of meals throughout the week as it is the base to several different entrees. For example, I’ll eat pulled pork sandwiches one night and then the next day I add some of the meat to a quesadilla for lunch.
With the slow cooker, the base part of the meal is complete, so for the rest of the week I can just add it to whatever else I have in the kitchen and won’t get bored or have to put in a lot of time.

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